Today is the eighth anniversary of an armed attack of Georgia on South Ossetia. In August 2008 had been launched a fire from rocket systems “Grad” and heavy guns. After started an invasion of Georgian tanks.
Russian peacekeepers first got under the blow: the location of their battalion was almost completely destroyed. Throughout the city there were fights between local militias and Georgian military. In the afternoon, the Russian government has decided to stop the bloodshed and start the operation on forcing Georgia to peace. It ended on August 12. The attack killed more than a thousand people, including 72 Russian soldiers. Two weeks later, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.